Archive | March, 2011

Trendwatch Tuesday: Colour Blocking

29 Mar

As someone who tends to wear black in some form, on almost a daily basis, I wasn’t sure what to make of the colour blocking trend when I first saw it on the catwalk. At Christian Dior, it was holiday central, Costume National made it futuristic, Issa merged colour with Grecian Goddess and Rachel Roy combined tailoring with those trousers/shoes?! (L-R)

What on earth was I going to do this Spring/Summer when black items were clearly going to be nowhere?! This conundrum led me to browsing my favourite online stores…. ASOS, Miss Selfridge and Topshop. I did also look at Mango, Forever 21, H&M and Zara… but all sites failed me and I went back to the old favourites.

I put together some dream colour block outfits… first up Brights at the Office:

I’m lucky enough to have a smart-casual dress code for work so this outfit consists of Moto Seven Eighths Yellow Capri Jeans and Miss Selfridge Sleeveless Drop Back Shirt. To make it more ‘officey’ I added ASOS Oversized Blazer, and made it a little playful with Topshop Winnie T-Bar Espadrilles and the cute ASOS Coloured Bow Ring.

For a night out… I heart this selection:

These Topshop Electric Blue Button Front Shorts caught my eye… I love the buttons! They could be dressed up for a night out or down for daytime. I teamed them with the Cheap Monday Yellow One Shoulder Top, ASOS Polly Leather Court Shoes and ASOS Grosgrain Clutch. Can you tell how much I love this peach/coral colour yet?! I finished off the outfit with a contrasting Large Wrapped Purple Nugget Ring from Miss Selfridge. I think with colour blocking, the outfits talk for themselves so you can tone down the jewellery and still make a real impact.

My favourite outfit has to be this one… I put it together either for a day out at the park or….. shopping!

I thought these Topshop Tangerine Pleat Shorts were lovely and teamed them with this ASOS 50’s tie up shirt. Yes… that’s a nude, collared, cropped shirt with a tie, combined with shorts which have pleats and are a bright colour… six Summer trends…in just two items!!! I added the lush ASOS traditional colour briefcase (The satchel bag lives on! If I could afford it I’d have the Mulberry Tillie in Pale Blue Washed Denim) and how could anyone turn down these Blue Suede Shoes? I’d probably wear a vintage jacket over this look… preferably in yellow!

How are you all wearing colour this season? As the Sun has come out this week I’ve automatically pulled out my peach jeans, pale yellow vest top, cerulean blue vintage cardigan and tan pumps! But even if the sun isn’t out, you can brighten up your day and those around you by colour blocking, it’s somewhat energising wearing all those colours at one time!

Happy Birthday Gaga!

28 Mar

Today is the 25th birthday of none other than LADY GAGA. I thought this deserved a mention seeing as she’s pretty much THE fashionista of the moment. I love the woman, and her sense of style. I mean why blend in when you can stand out?!

I may have taken this one step too far at her MONSTER BALL concert last year…. where I dressed up a la Gaga (not your average Nottingham visitor). People kept stopping me asking for photos and the bouncers even let me in the VIP area (fine… I may have paid for the VIP tickets… but still!).

I made the outfit by adding some cardboard and aluminium foil to a dress from the ASOS sale (£20)…. bought the glasses from Primarni (£2!)…. and leather fingerless gloves from Topshop (£15 but well worth it!). Teamed with Gaga-tastic heels I bought waaaay back in 2005, ripped fishnet tights and the best blonde wig I could afford as a poor student.

What do you think? Separated at birth? I’m the one on the right if you can’t tell us apart 😉 haha!

Happy Birthday Gaga…. celebrate in style, and I look forward to seeing what outfit you wear to your birthday bash in tomorrow’s fashion pages.

Fashion Event: DEBUT

23 Mar

So today I’m blogging about charity fashion auction DEBUT. I visited the British Fashion Exhibition last night and had a sneak preview of the lots! It’s great to see designers, models, artists, writers, and photographers coming together to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Endorsed and supported by Henry Holland (who I missed meeting by just a couple of minutes! Gutted!), the organisation, presentation and donations are impeccable.

The auction itself is going to consist of a champagne reception, welcome and launch of silent auction, entertainment from hosts Miquita Oliver and Nick Grimshaw, the live auction, nibbles and cocktails, and an after party with model Agyness Deyn as DJ. Does this sound amazing or amazing?!

I arrived at One Mayfair at around 7.30pm yesterday. On entering the grand venue, I noticed the fashion splendour all around. Immediately catching my eye was the bright red Christopher Kane bandage dress from his first collection. Ah both flattering, and timeless.

At the back of the room, like a beacon of light, shone Holland’s ‘Who need’s a husband, I’ve got House of Holland’ wedding dress. It’s certainly not your average wedding dress, and Agyness Deyn herself wore the piece in 2007, when she won Model of the Year at the 2007 British Fashion Awards. If you’re a magpie like me…. you’ll ditch an engagement ring for a dress like this!

Polishing off a dream dress list is Richard Nicoll and Linder Sterling’s Print Dress. This silk dress is unique, a part of design history, combining punk art and luxurious modernity.

There are several Kate Moss pieces available, my personal favourite being the Pop Art Print by Simon Claridge. This photo doesn’t do the piece justice, in reality it is every thing a pop art piece should be, simple and effective, utilising colour and texture in all the right ways. And it’s signed by the lady herself…. I reckon this could be the piece that makes the most money.

Additionally there’s a Richard Young photo of Moss on McQueen’s 2004 catwalk, again signed by Moss and a neon pink Longchamp Bag Set designed by her, with a signed note.

Other fabulous arty prints include: this Twiggy print which comes with the opportunity to recreate the look of your favourite British fashion icon, and have a half day fashion shoot with photographer Tamara Peel. I also loved this signed print of Anna J by Mariano Vivanco (right).

My favourite fashion illustrator in the ENTIRE world is David Downton and they’re auctioning one of his illustrations of Erin O’Connor. The large, framed, ink sketch, is a one off piece created especially for DEBUT with gold leaf detailing. Illustration envy anyone?!

Totally suited to my wardrobe are the Nicholas Kirkwood shoes worn by SARAH JESSICA PARKER (aka Carrie Bradshaw aka ME) in MY SIZE!!! Aaaah!!! They have an engineered satin print and feature an island platform. I was so very tempted to break the rules and try them on, also to perhaps try to leave with them on, but my overactive conscience kept me in check!

Also to be auctioned is a signed copy of Alexandra Shulman’s first publication of Vogue as editor, a real collector’s item.

They’re putting together a dress out of pledges (with an optional donation), and I was first up! Would love to see some photos of it when it’s complete.

There’s also an amazing pop-up charity shop, which is right up my street as a charity shop obsessive. These were items from Cancer Research UK’s shop in Islington and included items from Prada, Dior and many, many more! I’d say we’d better get down to Islington ASAP to get our hand on some designer bargains, whilst donating money to a very worthy cause.

Whilst there I got talking to the lovely Cancer Research interns who were manning the exhibition and also got interviewed for a short film on how charities work with designers/fashion to raise money! Only in London do you stumble upon such a fabulous exhibition, almost meet Henry Holland, get chatting to a bunch of great people, get interviewed for a film and generally be made to feel special. Cheesy but true.

Back to the main event, the auction starts tomorrow at 6.30pm and there are a small number of tickets left. Other items include:

  • Iconic Signed ‘ Mainbocher Corset’ photograph taken by Horst in 1939
  • Jessica McCormack diamond earrings as worn by pop sensation Rihanna
  • Signed, limited edition enlarged Mary Quant Royal Mail Stamp
  • A behind the scenes day package at world renowned Storm Model Management Agency
  • Exclusive Project D package including ‘as seen on the X-Factor’ evening gown, signed perfume and note of thanks from Dannii Minogue
  • Master class with make up artist to the stars Mary Greenwell
  • Beautiful evening gown from couture dress maker Belville Sassoon and accompanying signed memoirs by David Sassoon
  • Exclusive painting from Alex Echo- the artist who inspired Sir Paul Smith line
  • Vintage mug shot of 80’s punk icon Sid Vicious
  • Signed Photograph of Dior by John Galliano by fashion photographer Yuval Hen
  • Design your own ‘Fashion Groupie’ t-shirt with Henry Holland and have afternoon tea with him

So spread the word, and if you can afford to, get your hands on some British Fashion History whilst raising money for Cancer Research UK. If you’re less flash with the cash, make your way down to your local Cancer Research Charity Shop and donate your unwanted clothing, or purchase some fashionable pieces with a little history of their own.

Trendwatch: ’70s Style

15 Mar

It’s gradually been becoming more obvious that Spring/Summer 2011 is going to be ALL about the Seventies. From high waisted jeans to palazzo pants, collared shirts to shirt dresses, floppy hats to oversized sunglasses. It feels as though there’s been a Seventies explosion all along the high street.

The real statement pieces are the trousers, and these shapes are not for the faint hearted! My personal favourites are (L-R) Topshop Brown Pleated Extreme Wide Leg Trousers (for play), Vero Moda Flare Jeans (casual cool) and  Topshop Rose Seventies Wide Leg Trousers (for work). To wear these you really do have ‘go for it’ and embrace the trend, generally from top to toe. The jeans are more wearable, but how much fun are the wide legs?!

To make the most of these leg-endary trousers (see what I did there?!), elongate the leg with a chunky block heel or wedge. These are both comfortable and chic, making us feel a little less swamped by the grandeur. Browns such as Camel and Tan are all the rage, and really work well, but you could mix it up with a splash of colour too. I heart the Miss Selfridge Kenah Tan and Red Heel (right) which also come in Orange, Aldo Spiney T-Bar Espadrilles (top left) and Blowfish Garren Cork Shoe (bottom left).

The blouse has been a staple piece for Autumn/Winter 2010, and the 70’s trend embraces our new found love for them. Blouses such as Vero Moda’s Winter Paisley Blouse (right) and Paisley Ruffle Front Blouse (left) are a great way to take this trend to the office, tucked into a pencil skirt and could also be dressed down with jeans. For a more casual look check out Topshop’s Knitted Spacedye Top (centre) which would look great with jeans or wide legs <3.

70’s accessories are just fabulous, whether it’s an ASOS oversized felt hat or HUGE Miu Miu square sunglasses, they are pure joy! Miss Selfridge are doing some gorgeous bits, I particularly like these gold earrings, dreamcatcher earrings, embellished handbag and tan scarf.

If you don’t want to spend too much money, then a great way of wearing this trend is buying a simple camel t-shirt or vest top and teaming with a couple of on trend accessories. Have a look around charity shops for some bargain 70’s earrings, or rifle through you Mum/Aunt’s wardrobes to see what goodies you can find!

Now it’s going to sound like I’m plugging them… haha… but Miss Selfridge have started selling ‘looks’ and I can’t help but love this boho combo which comes in at a reasonable £130:

Mustard knit, pale blue collared shirt, brown suede shorts, wedge sandals… altogether now *ahhh*. The look is kept current with the addition of grey cable socks and more structured/less floppy hat, which counteract what could have been homage to being a Brownie.

After eyeing up all this 70s glory, I think I may have to head out and buy myself some palazzo pants, THAT topshop knit…. and perhaps some chunky tan heels to go with…. oh dear!!

Oh to be the face of Chanel…

8 Mar

It was back in December that Blake Lively was appointed Chanel’s new ambassador, and yesterday we had our first peek at Lively’s Chanel ad debut. The shot was taken by Mr Lagerfield himself and shows off Blake’s beautiful bone structure whilst making sure the handbag stays centre stage.

Since the announcement we’ve seen Lively in an array of Chanel outfits. These two being my particular favourites! She makes the pieces look so easy to wear, altering the styling to suit the occasion.

What do you think of Lively as an ambassador, and the latest campaign images? Got any dream Chanel pieces? Or are you lucky enough to own some Chanel yourself? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

Freebie Friday

4 Mar

As a thank-you to all my readers and followers, I’ve been running a giveaway on my Twitter page. The prize is this cute ditsy Topshop necklace, which has mini cutlery on it. It’s even nicer in real life!

All you have to do is follow @LDNshopaholic and RT my giveaway tweet to be in with a chance of winning. The competition closes at 5pm (GMT) today & the winner will be announced on Monday 🙂

I’m thinking of making the first Friday of every month Freebie Friday…. so let me know if there are any prizes in particular you’d like to win!